Boston College media highlights

Highlights from 2024

BC Law Professor Brian Quinn is quoted on the impact of the New York civil judgment against Donald Trump and his business: Washington PostAgence France PresseThe Hill, Scripps News "Morning Rush." | He also commented on Elon Musk's threat to relocate Tesla Inc. to Texas: Bloomberg Law, and on Capital One's planned merger with Discover: ReutersYahoo FinanceWashington Examiner.

Two financial firms have pulled back on commitments related to a climate change initiative. Carroll School Finance Professor and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow Samuel Hartzmark comments for Marketplace Radio.

In advance of her Lowell Humanities Series appearance, Joy Hargo—poet, memoirist, children’s book author, and the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate—is featured in a Q&A with the Boston Globe.

Microplastics reportedly have been detected in breast milk; plastic containers have been linked to pre-term births. Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., comments for the Washington Post and USA Today.

Stephen Schneck, who taught politics at Catholic University of America and was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Liberty by President Biden, delivered the annual Alan Wolfe Lecture at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public LifeNational Catholic Reporter.

If Milton, Mass., residents vote against the town’s plan to comply with the law requiring municipalities served by transit to write land-use rules that allow more multifamily housing, the state attorney general's office may consider suing the town. BC Law Professor Lisa Alexander discusses the subject as a guest on WBUR Radio Boston, and comments in the Boston Globe.

AI moves quickly, but organizations change slowly. Knowing the right questions to ask can lead to better decisions in finding the right AI approach, write Carroll School Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham and colleagues for Harvard Business Review.

"My Woven Kipa," a poem by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer and published by Vita Poetica, a magazine about faith, describes talking to friends in Israel right after the October 7 attack.

Insights from Associate Professor of the Practice of Economics Matt Rutledge, a fellow at the Center for Retirement Research, on when to collect Social Security benefits and other aspects of retirement planning in this MoneyGeek Q&A.

For the first time, a Sinn Fein politician holds Northern Ireland’s top political office, a landmark moment for the party. History Professor of the Practice Robert Savage comments: New York Times.

After more than 20 years at the helm of the Catholic Church in Greater Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. reflected on his tenure for the Boston Globe, in a piece that included comments by School of Theology and Ministry Professor Thomas Groome.

"The Lost Generation," the McMullen Museum exhibition of women ceramicists and the Cuban avant-garde, was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal (scroll down) and Art Daily.

The biggest banks are effectively barred from engaging in merger activity after the 2008 financial crisis, but a new proposal from a federal regulator is making that restriction even more explicit. BC Law Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor Patricia McCoy weighs in: Bloomberg Law News.

A Delaware judge tossed out Elon Musk's record-breaking $56 billion Tesla pay package, calling it "an unfathomable sum" and unfair to shareholders. BC Law Professor Brian Quinn comments: Wall Street Journal, Reuters via Yahoo Finance, BBC News, The Guardian (U.K.).

 Lynch School Professor Emerita Mary Walsh, executive director of City Connects and senior fellow of the Walsh Center for Thriving Children, weighs in on the impact of the Newton teachers strike as a guest on WBUR Radio Boston.

Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley is among leaders interviewed for a U.S. News & World Report feature on what distinguishes a Jesuit education.

School of Theology and Ministry student Sr. Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ, who as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops is one of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican, has been named to Forbes magazine's 2023 list of top women influencers and achievers (scroll to fourth entry).

How can caregivers help children exposed to the trauma of war? Insights from BC School of Social Work Salem Professor in Global Practice Theresa Betancourt, director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity: BOLD.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Donald Trump’s appeal of a Colorado ruling disqualifying him from the 2024 ballot on the basis of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield writes on the subject in an op-ed for WBUR Cognoscenti.

“Expats,” which was created by filmmaker  Lulu Wang '05 with Nicole Kidman, follows the lives of American expatriates in Hong Kong. Wang talks about the project: Boston Globe.

An AI-generated robocall using a voice that sounds like President Biden has been urging people not to vote in the New Hampshire primary. Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Director Kevin Powers warns that more such tactics are likely: 7 News Boston (video).

School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrew Davis was invited by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be a presenter for Sunday of the Word of God, established by Pope Francis in 2019: Video. | STM Associate Professor Jaime Waters was a presenter in 2023: Video.

The cost of $24.5 billion to fix the MBTA is high, but the costs to public health of doing little or nothing are far greater, writes Global Public Health Program Director Philip Landrigan, M.D., in CommonWealth Beacon. | He discussed the impact of exposure to lead and other hazardous chemicals in a Q&A with Times of India.

BC Law Assistant Clinical Professor Claire Donohue, lead author of a BC Law Legal Services Lab white paper on Massachusetts court-ordered parenting classes for separating couples, comments in a GBH News story on complaints about a class for "high-conflict" parents. | Read more about Donohue, a graduate of BC's M.S.W./J.D. dual degree programhere.

Retired BC Law Professor Zygmunt Plater argued and won the first U.S. Supreme Court case under the act, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. The story of that tiny snail darter fish is still important, he writes, at a time when the law itself is in danger of extinction: WBUR "Cognoscenti."

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer's latest book, Immigrant Baggage, is cited among the top Jewish books of 2023 by the editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Jerusalem PostTimes of Israel. Shrayer also is profiled by Jewish News Syndicate.

Whether the odds are stacked against him in a game, or in a toddler’s bedtime routine, being a poker entrepreneur takes a lot of luck, writes John Wolfson, editor of Boston College Magazine, in a feature on poker pro Bart Hanson for Boston Globe Magazine.